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The 2003 YALSA/BBYA Committee is off and reading.  As of March 1, 2002,
thirty-one books have been nominated for Best Books for Young Adults.
We plan to post the new nominations on the first of each month
throughout the year.  A complete list of nominations will be available
on the YALSA website:

Nominations from the field are encouraged. Please visit the YALSA Best
Books website for details, including the policies and procedures.  Books
must be published between Sept. 1, 2001 and Dec. 31, 2002 to be

If you or your teens would like to comment about any of the nominated
titles, please send your comments to one of us and they will be shared
with the committee.


Cindy Dobrez, Librarian
BBYA 2003 Chairperson
Harbor Lights Middle School
3600 N. 152nd Ave.
Holland, MI 49424

Peter Butts
BBYA 2003 Administrative Assistant
East Middle School
373 E. 24th St.
Holland, MI 49423

Nominations for Best Books 2003 (#1-31)  (Alphabetical by author or
collection title)

Almond, David. Counting Stars.
Delacorte (0-385-72946-4)

Ashley, Bernard. Little Soldier.
Scholastic (0-439-22424-1)

Bartoletti, Susan Campbell. Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish
Famine, 1845-1850.
Houghton Mifflin (0-618-00271-5)

Brooks,  Kevin. Martyn Pig.
Scholastic/Chicken House (0-439-29595-5)

Cabot, Meg. Princess in Love.
HarperCollins (0-06-029467-1)

Carvell, Marlene. Who Will Tell My Brother?
Hyperion  (0-7868-0827-6)

Chevalier, Tracy. Falling Angels.
Dutton (0-525-94581-4)

Connelly, Neil. St. Michael's Scales.
Scholastic/Levine (0-439-19445-8)

Corrigan, Eireann. You Remind Me of You: A Poetry Memoir.
Scholastic/Push (0-439-29771-0)

Flinn, Alex. Breaking Point.
HarperCollins (0-06-623847-1)

Frank, E. R. America.
Atheneum/Richard Jackson (0-689-84729-7)

Gantos, Jack. Hole in My Life.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (0-374-39988-3)

Grimes, Nikki. Bronx Masquerade.
Dial (0-8037-2569-8)

Hite, Sid. A Hole in the World.
Scholastic (0-439-09830-0)

Hughes,  Dean. Soldier Boys.
Atheneum (0-689-81748-7)

Kidd, Sue Monk. The Secret Life of Bees.
Viking  (0-670-89460-5)

Koertge, Ron. Stoner & Spaz.
Candlewick Press (0-7636-1608-7)

Lawrence, Iain. Lord of the Nutcracker Men.
Delacorte (0-385-72924-3)

Meltzer, Milton. Piracy & Plunder: A Murderous Business.
Dutton (0-525-45857-3)

Mikaelsen, Ben. Red Midnight.
HarperCollins (0-380-99745-1)

Nicholson, William. Slaves of the Mastery.
Hyperion (0-7868-0570-6)

Nye, Naomi Shihab. 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East.
Greenwillow (0-06-009765-5 )

One Nation: America Remembers September 11, 2001. Edited by Robert
Little, Brown (0-316-52540-5 )

Park, Linda Sue. When My Name Was Keoko: A Novel of Korea in World War
Houghton Mifflin (0-618-13335-6)

Placide, Jaira. Fresh Girl.
Random House/Wendy Lamb (0-385-32753-6)

Qualey, Marsha. One Night.
Dial (0-8037-2602-3)

Sheppard, Mary C. Seven for a Secret.
Groundwood Books (0-88899-437-0)

Toten, Teresa. The Game.
Red Deer College Press (0-88995-232-9)

Van Draanen, Wendelin. Flipped.
Knopf (0-375-81174-5)

Woodson, Jacqueline. Hush.
Penguin Putnam (0-399-23114-5)

Zicree, Marc Scott and Barbara Hambly . Magic Time.
HarperCollins/EOS (0-06-105068-7)

Peter Butts                 *  "One man gathers what *
East Middle School          *   another man spills." *
Holland, MI 49423           **************************

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